The final season of "Quantum Leap" goes out at the top
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 11/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Almost every TV show overstays its welcome and jumps the shark. "Quantum Leap" didn't and that's a rarity. The final season looks very good in its presentation on DVD and, while I haven't ploughed through every episode yet it appears that the music hasn't been replaced in the ones I've watched. There's also no notification about the music being replaced (as on the third and fourth season the second doesn't count because Universal hoodwinked everyone on that one). We also get an actual extra in this set--the blue prints for two sets in the show. You can actually zoom in on separate sections to view them.
This episode features a number of classic ones including the one where Sam encounters the "Evil Leaper" in a terrific two part episode. Also, Sam becomes "the King" (Elvis) just before he breaks through to the big time and in the most fascinating of the episodes written by Donald Bellasario Sam becomes Lee Harvey Oswald (played by character actor Willie Garson best known for "Sex and the City"). Sam and Al struggle to find out why he's leaping in and out of Oswald throughout the time leading up to the assassination of Kennedy. Here's where a great extra could have been included by Universal as Bellasario actually knew Oswald and served in the military with him (an actor plays Bellasario recreating their first meeting).
Now for a bit of bad news--we get the series once again on dual sided discs. Unlike some previous sets from Universal I haven't had a problem with these so far so maybe they've finally figured out how to make the darn things properly. Luckily these aren't packaged facing each other (like many of the Fox dual sided discs) but in individual slimline cases.
Unlike many fans of the series I disliked the resolution in the final episode of the fifth season and had hoped for something less open ended. It would have allowed a terrific TV movie to tie things up but unfortunately it never happened. I'm not going to say anything else for those who haven't seen the final episode. Some great guest stars during the fifth season--Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Shields (even though I think she's a horrible actress normally she does a solid job here), Dr. Ruth, Terry Farrell, John Hillard, Michael Boatman, Stephen Root and a young Jennifer Aniston in one episode.
The show goes out in style with some of the best episodes of the series."
The final season at last!!!
W. Evans | Shropshire, UK | 08/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
Lee Harvey Oswald (Parts 1 and 2)
Leaping of The Shrew
Nowhere to Run
Star Light, Star Bright
Deliver Us From Evil
Trilogy (Parts 1, 2 and 3)
A Tale Of Two Sweeties
Goodbye Norma Jean
The Beast Within
The Leap Between The States
All episodes are good, but the best ones have to be:
Nowhere to run,
Trilogy (Parts 1, 2 and 3),
Deliver us from Evil, Return, Revenge (Evil leaper eps)
Mirror image (A pretty good, but all too abrupt end to the show)"
A bittersweet finish for the 5th season of QL
Tuvan Uner | Virginia,United States | 11/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was the fifth and final season of the lengendary show. Many think it ended prematurely, as do I. In a way, I feel 2 or 3 more seasons would've been appropriate as there were alot more Sam Beckett stories to tell. Season 5 had many multi-arc episodes like the Oswald storyline as well as the Trilogy and 'Evil Leaper' epsiodes.
Unfortunately the final episode -'Mirror Image'-was too short and the ending left a bittersweet taste with many QL fans. Despite this I can firmly state that the final season finishes the series on a strong note.
Finally, I am disturbed to see that even the original introduction music at the beginning of each epsiode has been butchered and there are no episode indexes this time. I have a message for universal: when releasing a beloved show please dont dissapoint the fans and give us what we want. Dont give us some watered down-product only so you can re-release it a few years later with more bonuses and try and make more money from us.
M. Miller | Sacramento, CA United States | 07/02/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I love this series and finally ordered all 5 seasons. I have spent the last 2 weeks watching them in Quantum Leap Bliss. The show itself is wonderful; however, I had problems with the manufacturing of the DVD's themselves. Each season had at least one disk with problems (i.e. missing bonus features, episodes that won't play in the "play all" mode, but will if you access it from the "episode index," episodes where the show gets hung up, then starts, then gets hung up, then starts, and on and on, and episodes that won't play at all (black screen), etc. I have just done the "exchange" process through Amazon and re-watched all 5 seasons. The 5th season disk 3 had the same problems (episode 18 and 21 won't play properly, they skip and drag, and even kick out to the menu).
I tried to do another exchange for Season 5 through Amazon, and they said "As it seems that the problem with this item "Quantum Leap - The Complete Fifth Season " is more widespread than we originally thought, we are not able to send another replacement. We will investigate and remedy the situation with the item; however, I cannot guarantee when the error may be fixed." Which means, I will not have Season 5."